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Mountain Man Warthog!

Discussion in 'KA-BAR Knives' started by Tommythewho, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. Tommythewho

    Tommythewho KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    768
    Aug 21, 2011
    Always loved the warthog blade and thought it had much more potential than an uninspiring Kraton handle so I took it upon myself to give mine some personality. Step one , surgery, Remove the kraton.
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    Next remove the coating. I really like this stripper. No brushes, pans ,soaking ect. Spray it on , go about your business come back in 10 minutes and scrape. I just scraped it with a hunk of scrap wood with a good edge. Pretty tough coating on the Kabar, took two applications.
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    Next I had to come up with a plan, I traced the knife on some paper and scetched over and over until I had the shape I wanted.
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    In the interest of time I decided to make the handle a built up affair rather than try and drill a solid piece of wood for the tang. To keep true to the shape I wanted I had to cut about 3/4" off the tang. Still a little over 4" left, more than enough I think. I had 3 matching pieces of wood I made the day before. One the thickness of the tang and two outer pieces to make my desired thickness. I cut my middle piece to accomodte the tang and glued it to one of the outers. Then I epoxied the knife to one half. I forgot to mention. In the meantime I put a grapefruit patina on the blade.
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    Next put the other half on, wait.........
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    then clean the whole mess up and what do you get? Mountain man warthog!
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    Nothing left to do now but take it home and put it on the edge pro and make it a scalpel
     
  2. redmech

    redmech Gold Member Gold Member

    490
    Feb 22, 2011
    Nice work, made an awesome blade even cooler.
     
  3. CascadeSam

    CascadeSam

    165
    Apr 18, 2012
    You have done a great job giving it personality.
     
  4. broe

    broe

    485
    May 8, 2011
    Interesting! If you knock out the thong tube pin, the handle comes off easier.....
     
  5. Tommythewho

    Tommythewho KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    768
    Aug 21, 2011
    The pin is cut off in there you just can't see it. It was off quicker than you can find a tool to knock the pin out. :thumbup:
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    Last edited: Jul 25, 2012
  6. The Warrior

    The Warrior Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    That looks awesome, really nice work.
     
  7. Thumper99

    Thumper99

    95
    Oct 16, 2011
    Nice work Tommythewho! But, I would expect nothing less. Now you need a traditional leather sheath to complete the package.
     
  8. Tommythewho

    Tommythewho KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    768
    Aug 21, 2011
    I know, I need to get with Skystorm if he isn't too buzy
     
  9. Thumper99

    Thumper99

    95
    Oct 16, 2011
    From his recent posts, I think you might be waiting a while...

    He does some amazing work though, so it will be worth the wait.
     
  10. Critikill

    Critikill

    150
    Jun 19, 2012
    That looks amazing Tommy! Great work.

    P.S. Waiting impatiently on a set of your scales for my BK16. This has gotten me even more pumped! Can't wait till they get here :D
     
  11. whetrock

    whetrock

    Nov 13, 2010
    That looks excellent. It's a shame they have to hide that beautiful carbon steel.
     
  12. BaldingEagle

    BaldingEagle

    810
    Feb 16, 2010
    Tom
    As usual, you have done beautiful work. I have had and interest in the warthog. This inspires me!
    Thanks for posting
    Balding
     
  13. Tommythewho

    Tommythewho KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    768
    Aug 21, 2011
    Now you know what the tang looks like :thumbup:
     

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